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Dish: C.21-1995

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Sforza di Marcantonio (Painter)
Dente, Marco (Marco da Ravenna) (Printmaker)


Earthenware, tin-glazed, painted in blue, greyish-green, yellow, orange, shades of brown, and black; the reverse is pale beige and has several pin holes. Circular with wide sloping rim and shallow curved well, convex in the centre.
The front is decorated overall with the Suicide of Hero. In the foreground, Leander lies drowned in water. On the right, a man seated on a rock looks towards him, raising his right arm. On the left, Cupid stands holding a flaming torch. In the background there is an archway inscribed 'AMOR.NE. CAVSA' (Love is the cause of it), the lower part of a tower, and a doorway with a window above. Hero is shown falling from a window in the tower. The edge is encircled by a very narrow black band and a wide yellow band. The back is decorated with a wreath of blue leaves on a continuous wavy stem. The base is inscribed in blue, 'Leandro in Mare &./Hero alla finestra/.61./.S.


History note: Purchased. Given to the vendor's husband by his mother, who bought it an antique shop.

Legal notes

Purchased with the F. Leverton Harris Fund and the Leonard D. Cunliffe Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 30.0 cm
Height: 4.2 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Pesaro ⪼ The Marches ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bought (1995)


16th century
Production date: AD 1561 : dated '61'


Leander was derived from a figure in the print known as Battle with a Cutlas by Marco Dente (B XIV, p. 171, no. 211)

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of high-temperature colours ( blue, greyish-green, yellow, orange, shades of brown, and black; the reverse is pale beige) tin-glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Tin-glazing : Earthenware, tin-glazed, painted in blue, greyish-green, yellow, orange, shades of brown, and black; the reverse is pale beige and has several pin holes.

Inscription or legends present

  • Location: On arch
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription
  • Text: Leandro in Mare &./Hero alla finestra/.61./.S.
  • Location: On base
  • Method of creation: Painted
  • Type: Inscription

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.21-1995
Primary reference Number: 79589
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 13 March 2020 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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